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CABLES 101: How to Choose The Best Cable

Are you using the best cable for the job? You may have heard terms like RG59, RG6, RG11, and Slim RG59 but you didn’t know what they meant. There is actually a real difference between these…


What is a dB and why is it so confusing?

This is Alexander Graham Bell. He gets the credit for inventing the telephone, although it’s possible he doesn’t deserve it. Still, history is written by the winners, and it was the Bell Telephone Company that dominated the…


Can you use RG59 cable for satellite TV?

All cables are not made equal. Even two cables that look identical could still be completely different. When it comes to the coaxial cables you find in your home, they tend to fall into one of…


What is a dielectric?

Easy answer: It’s the thing marked “C”. Dielectric is the term used for the layer of plastic or foam between the center conductor wire of a cable and its outer braid. Coaxial cables are designed so…



Broken cables? How does this happen?

I just read another story about it today. A 3-year-old cable “magically” went bad all by itself. How is that? The cable was fine, then it wasn’t. Sometimes, it’s a snap like you see in this…